Beliefs

At Cape Cod Church our passion, and our mission, is "To Inspire People to Live Fully for God."   We encourage this through weekend worship, small groups, Bible studies, personal spiritual habits, and serving others.  Our vision is to be the "City on a Hill" that Jesus described in Matthew chapter 5 - a place and a people full of hope and light shining out into our community.  We place strategic value on God's unconditional love, the redemption story, living fully for Christ, the truth and wisdom of the Bible, and providing engaging environments for our attenders to worship, fellowship, learn and serve in.  

The foundation of our mission, vision, and values is found in our Core Beliefs.  You can read more about each of those beliefs below.

The Bible

We believe that the Holy Bible was written by men who were supernaturally inspired; that it is made up of ultimate truth and is without error; and therefore is, and shall remain to the end of the time, the only complete and final revelation of the will of God to man; the true center of Christian faith and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and opinions should be judged.

(Proverbs 30:5-6, Isaiah 8:20, Luke 16:31, Acts 1:16, Romans 3:4, Ephesians 6:17, Revelation 22:19)

The Trinity

We believe that there is one, and only one, living and true God, an infinite, intelligent Spirit, the maker and supreme ruler of heaven and earth; inexpressibly glorious in holiness and love and worthy of all possible honor, confidence and love; that in the unity of the Godhead there are three persons, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, equal in every divine perfection, and executing distinct but harmonious purposes in the great work of redemption.

(Genesis 17:1, Jeremiah 10:10, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30, Revelation 4:11)

The Holy Spirit

We believe that the Holy Spirit is a divine person; equal with God the Father and God the Son and of the same nature; that He was active in the creation; that in His relation to the unbelieving world He restrains the evil one until God's purpose is fulfilled; that He convicts humans of sin, of judgment and of righteousness; that He bears witness to the Truth of the Gospel in preaching and testimony; that He is the agent in the New Birth; that He seals, indwells, guides, teaches, witnesses to, sanctifies, comforts and helps the believer.

(Genesis 1:13, Matthew 3:11, Mark 1:8, John 14:16-17, Romans 8:14, Ephesians 1:13-14, 1 Peter 1:2)

Atonement for Sin

We believe that the salvation of sinners is wholly by grace, through the mediation of the Son of God, who by direction of the Father freely took upon Himself our (human) nature, yet without sin; honored God’s law by His personal obedience, and by His death made a full and vicarious atonement for our sins; that His atonement consisted not in just setting an example by His death as a martyr, but instead was the voluntary substitution of Himself in the sinner's place, the Just dying for the unjust; Christ the Lord bearing our sins in His own body on the cross; then, having risen from the dead, now sits enthroned in heaven, uniting in His wonderful person perfect love and perfect holiness. He is in every way qualified to be a suitable, a compassionate and an all-sufficient Savior.

(Isaiah 53:4-7, Romans 3:24-25, Galatians 1:4, Ephesians 2:8, Philippians 2:7-8)

Salvation

We believe that in order to be saved, sinners must be born again; that the new birth is a new creation in Christ Jesus; that it is instantaneous and not a process; that in the new birth the one dead in trespasses and in sins is made a partaker of the divine nature and receives eternal life, the free gift of God; that the new creation is brought about in a manner above our comprehension, not by culture, not by character, nor by the will of man, but wholly and solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in connection with divine truth, so as to secure our voluntary obedience to the gospel; that its proper evidence appears in the holy fruit of repentance and faith and newness of life.

(Luke 5:27, Acts 2:41, Romans 6:23, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Galatians 5:22-23, Colossians 2:13, 1 John 5:1)

Free Salvation

We believe in God's electing grace; that the blessings of salvation are made free to all by the Gospel; that it is the immediate duty of all to accept them by a willing, penitent and obedient faith; and that nothing prevents the salvation of the greatest sinner on earth but his or her own inherent depravity and voluntary rejection of the Gospel, and that such rejection keeps him or her in condemnation and leads to eternal separation from God.

(Isaiah 55:1, John 5:40, Acts 2:38, Romans 8:29-30, 1 Timothy 1:15)


Repentance and Faith

We believe that repentance and faith are solemn obligations of the believer in Christ, and also that they are graces (abilities) given to us by the Holy Spirit.  Therefore, being deeply convicted of our guilt, condemnation and helplessness apart from Jesus, we repent and turn to God with honest and heartfelt contrition, confession, and pleas for mercy; at the same time joyfully receiving Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as our only and all-sufficient Lord, Savior, and Master of our lives.

(Psalms 51:1-4, Isaiah 55:6-7, Luke 12:8, Romans 10:9-11)

Justification by Faith

We believe that the great gospel blessing which Christ provides to those who believe in Him is Justification; that Justification includes the pardoning of all sin and the gift of eternal life based on the inherited righteousness of Christ which we receive at Salvation; that Justification is not given to us because of any works of righteousness that we have done or will do, but solely through our faith and trust in atoning power of Jesus the Redeemer's blood.

(Habakkuk 2:4, Zechariah 13:1, Acts 13:39, Romans 5:1-9, Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38)